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Postby scw1217 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:42 am

I came across this word, "incunabulum", in a Wikipedia article about the Gutenberg Bible.

Wikipedia wrote:This Bible is the most famous incunabulum and its production marked the beginning of the mass production of books in the West.

And it has an interesting word history... wrote:n. pl. in·cu·nab·u·la (-lə)

1. A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
2. An artifact of an early period.

[New Latin incūnābulum, from sing. of Latin incūnābula, swaddling clothes, cradle : in-, in; see in-2 + cūnābula, cradle, infancy (from cūnae, cradle; see kei-1 in Indo-European roots).]
in'cu·nab'u·lar (-lər) adj.

The same article includes another interesting word, "rubricated".

Wikipedia wrote:Gutenberg produced these Bibles (which were printed, then rubricated and illuminated by hand, the work of specialized craftsmen) over a period of a year, the time it would have taken to produce one copy in a Scriptorium.

The definition wrote:–adjective
(in ancient manuscripts, early printed books, etc.) having titles, catchwords, etc., distinctively colored.

–verb (used with object), -cat⋅ed, -cat⋅ing.
1. to mark or color with red.
2. to furnish with or regulate by rubrics.
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Postby Slava » Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:02 pm

A popular word, treated a couple of times:

Here and Here.
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